Group Visits

Spend a whole day out at Highcliffe Castle as a group

There is plenty to do at the Castle on a group visit, and we hope this itinerary will give you an insight into how you can spend a whole day at the Castle, plus five key reasons why you should come visit.

1. A big welcome on the coach

If you are coming by coach, upon arrival a member of staff will pop onto the coach and give you a warm welcome to the Castle. We will give you timings for the day, as well as an introductory talk to make sure all your group visitors feel comfortable and informed about their visit ahead.

2. Explore at your leisure and soak it all in

Once you have entered the Castle, you then have as long as you wish to follow our visitor route and explore all the galleries and rooms via our one way system. We will offer you a map to help you on your journey, with platform lifts available and the location of toilets highlighted on your map. 

3. Ever changing exhibitions

As part of your admission price, you are able to also explore our exhibition space which regularly gets updated and has included exhibitions such as the British Wildlife Photography Awards and currently includes the Lost and Found: Revisited Exhibition.

There is also the Stained Glass Studio open, which gives you the opportunity to see the resident conservator at work with the Castle’s valuable collection of medieval stained glass, conserving it for a future permanent exhibition. 

Stained Glass in workshop

4. Add optional extras such an informative talk, or perhaps a cream tea

Along with your entry option, you can choose to add on an informative talk which lasts between 30 – 45 minutes and delivered by one of our knowledgeable guides, or perhaps add additional refreshments such as a lunch or a cream tea to be taken within The Castle Kitchen tearooms after your visit? 

We also currently have our Tea and Talk option for 2021, which allows you to combine both and enjoy it within the Castle’s Dining Room for just £12.95 per person.

5. Beautiful grounds to explore and the beach on your doorstep

For the rest of the day, why not enjoy Dorset’s beautiful coastline with a fully accessible zig-zag path down to the beach just 5 minutes away from the Castle, or perhaps a leisurely stroll through our woodlands to get to Steamer Point Nature Reserve? There is lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery to enjoy as a wider part of your visit.

Beautiful image of the Wintergarden and crisp blue skies at Highcliffe Castle

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